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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Haryana farmers forced to pay for crop loss claim

Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Jhajjar, September 1

A survey agency allegedly duped farmers of Salhavaas and Majra D villages of thousands of rupees on the pretext of providing them higher compensation under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana.

The Department of Agriculture has filed a complaint against the agency.

Crops, mainly bajra and cotton, spread over 3,000 acres were damaged due to rain last month. The department had formed a panel last week following complaints that the surveyors demanded Rs 1,000 per acre from farmers promising higher compensation. In case of non-payment, the surveyors threatened to understate the loss.

Inder Singh, Deputy Director (Agriculture), said: "Since the inquiry has established the fraud, we have sought an FIR against the agency."

from The Tribune

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